Thursday, July 27, 2017
Dr. Karen Kenny, OB/GYN in the Womens Wellness Center at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is offering Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomies (TLH). A TLH is the removal of the uterus and cervix through three small (1/2’- 1’) abdominal incisions. A traditional open hysterectomy requires an abdominal incision of four to eight inches. TLH requires the surgeon to have special training and is not generally offered in small, rural hospitals.
“I’m excited to offer this option to the women of the NEK. I’m grateful to NVRH for providing the opportunity, training and equipment to make this available,” said Dr. Kenny.
The smaller incisions mean the potential for fewer complications, less pain post-operatively and a quicker return to normal activities. Recovery time and hospital stays are shorter than for total abdominal hysterectomy. Patients must meet certain criteria, since TLH is not recommended for every case. It’s best to discuss options with your surgeon.
“This is a valuable service Dr. Kenny is offering to patients; choices are always an important factor when considering surgery,” states Womens Wellness Practice Manager Tammy Wilkins.
For more information, call 802-748-7300.